Create Professional Wordpress Themes With New Book by LianygniyqeGabaldon

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									WordPress is an open-source blog engine released under the GNU general public license. It allows users
to easily create dynamic blogs with great content and many outstanding features. It is an ideal tool for
developing blogs and though it is chiefly used for blogging, it can also be used as a complete CMS with
very little effort. Its versatility and ease of use has attracted a large, enthusiastic, and helpful community
of users.This book walks through clear, step-by-step instructions to build a custom theme for the
WordPress open-source blog engine. The author provides design tips and suggestions and covers setting
up the WordPress sandbox, and reviews the best practices from setting up the theme's template
structure, through coding markup, testing, and debugging, to taking it live. The last three chapters cover
additional tips, tricks, and various cookbook recipes for adding popular site enhancements to WordPress
theme designs using 3rd-party plugins as well as creating API hooks to add custom plugins.Whether
users are working with a pre-existing theme or creating a new one from the ground up, WordPress
Theme Design will give them the know-how to effectively understand how themes work within the
WordPress blog system enabling them to have full control over their site's design and branding. Users
only need to be comfortable with the basics of web development and this book will take care of the
rest.What you will learn from this book Set up a basic workflow and development environment for
WordPress theme design Create detailed designs and code them up Enhance your sites by choosing the
right color schemes and graphics Debug and validate your theme using W3C's XHTML and CSS validation
tools Customize and tweak your theme's layout Set up dynamic drop-down menus, AJAX/dynamic and
interactive forms Download and install useful plug-ins and widgetize your theme Improve post and page
content using jQuery and ThickBox Add interactivity to your themes using Flash Includes a reference
guide to WordPress 2.0's template hierarchy, markup, styles and template tags, as well as include and
loop functions Chapter 1 introduces you to the WordPress blog system and lets you know what you
need to be aware of regarding the WordPress theme project you're ready to embark on. The chapter
also covers the development tools that are recommended and web skills that you'll need to begin
developing a WordPress theme.Chapter 2 looks at the essential elements you need to consider when
planning your WordPress theme design. It discusses the best tools and processes for making your theme
design a reality. The author explains her own 'Rapid Design Comping' technique and gives some tips and
tricks for developing color schemes and graphic styles for your WordPress theme. By the end of the
chapter, you'll have a working XHTML and CSS based 'comp' or mockup of your theme design, ready to
be coded up and assembled into a fully functional WordPress theme.Chapter 3 uses the final XHTML and
CSS mockup from Chapter 2 and shows you how to add WordPress PHP template tag code to it and
break it down into the template pages a theme requires. Along the way, this chapter covers the
essentials of what makes a WordPress theme work. At the end of the chapter, you'll have a basic,
working WordPress theme.Chapter 4 discusses the basic techniques of debugging and validation that
you should employ throughout your theme's development. It covers the W3C's XHTML and CSS
validation services and how to use the FireFox browser and some of its extensions as a development
tool, not just another browser. This chapter also covers troubleshooting some of the most common
reasons 'good code goes bad', especially in IE, and best practices for fixing those problems, giving you a
great-looking theme across all browsers and platforms.Chapter 5 discuss how to properly set up your
WordPress theme's CSS style sheet so that it loads into WordPress installations correctly. It also discuss
compressing your theme files into the ZIP file format and running some test installations of your theme
package in WordPress's administration panel so you can share your WordPress theme with the
world.Chapter 6 covers key information under easy-to-look-up headers that will help you with your
WordPress theme development, from the two CSS class styles that WordPress itself outputs, to
WordPress's PHP template tag code, to a breakdown of "The Loop" along with WordPress functions and
features you can take advantage of in your theme development. Information in this chapter is listed
along with key links to bookmark to make your theme development as easy as possible.Chapter 7 dives
into taking your working, debugged, validated, and properly packaged WordPress theme from the
earlier chapters, and enhancing it with dynamic menus using the SuckerFish CSS-based method and
Adobe Flash media.Chapter 8 continues showing you how to enhance your Wordpress Themes by
looking at the most popular methods for leveraging AJAX techniques in WordPress using plugins and
widgets. It also gives you a complete background on AJAX and when it's best to use those techniques or
skip them. The chapter also reviews some cool JavaScript toolkits, libraries, and scripts you can use to
simply make your WordPress theme appear 'Ajaxy'.Chapter 9 reviews the main tips from the previous
chapters and covers some key tips for easily implementing today's coolest CSS tricks into your theme as
well as a few final SEO tips that you'll probably run into once you really start putting content into your
WordPress site.

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